for May 22, 2002
A Product Of Fine Breeding
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman
Some days, Your Darling, Your Diva, Your One True Love would rather do
just about anything than write an Altrok column. Almost. In the space of
seven days, how much really changes? It can be tough to locate a new
idea at the solemn end of television season, the parade of awards shows,
the beginning of summer blockbuster movies, graduation hysteria and the
third week of SUNTAN and/or DIE. Fortunately, everyone's had the
identical, brand new, never-been-tested idea all at the same time: Let's
Well, not Your Baked Alaska. But a terribly scientific survey of her
friends suggests that perhaps 18.4% of
female persons between the ages of 23 and 37 may be preggers. You know
what that means? The Me Generation, Gen X, Gen Y, Gen Who's Jimmy
Carter? all at the same PTA meetings, vying for control of the
bakesales. What in glamorous tarnation does this have to do with Altrok?
Prepare, my pralines, for a sinking boatload of stickysweet "She's
Having My Baby" songs, which were no picnic
the first time around. Ask your grandparents, the Baby Boomers.
Speaking of things that go together only in evidence files, Your Orange
Sorbet's weekend included a musical
a la carte menu from which Column A was Coolsville in 1964 and Column B
might be interesting with an E
Felony. Saturday was a flaming genre pu-pu platter in itself. Somewhere
in the one-eyed morning cartoon
channel surfing nocturnal creatures do, Your Spumoni stumbled on Wyclef
Jean strumming the opening riff of
" Wish You Were Here" and discussing the 'hood ramifications of Van
Halen: "Man, what's wrong with
you? Go play some Curtis Blow." Wyclef Jean is an interesting character
who charms Your Italian Ice with
humility, wit and verve, so how fascinating that the next appetizer
appeared in the form of "Sunrise,
Sunset" as Muzak in the sushi bar. Later, Mexican Elvis, the Little Kingz and 100 Pounds of Porn at the
Court Tavern. These bands do not share fans. Expect to see a group like
that audience if Promisekeepers goes paramilitary and admits go-go
After the weekend X-Files took its ball and limped home and bin Laden
returned from the dead, expect tiki baby shower barbecues and Star Wars
fever blisters. Expect surprises. Roll with the punchline, baby; plan
something you can't anticipate. Tell us what your brilliant Memorial Day
©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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